BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team was unable to overcome a slow first quarter as they fell to Ferris State University 62-52 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
Junior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis/DC Everest) led the Wildcats with 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Emily Schramek (Naperville, Ill./Bennet Academy) added a season-high 10 points, hitting three three-pointers. Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) chipped in with nine points and grabbed seven reounds. She also tied junior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) and freshman Elizabeth Lutz (Marshall, Wis.) with three assists.
Schultz scored first to put NMU ahead, and after FSU scored twice, Hodell tied the game at 4-4 just four minutes into the game. However, NMU would be unable to score the remainder of the quarter and faced a 14-4 lead as the teams entered the second frame.
In the second quarter, Honkala converted two free throws, followed by a Honkala layup to make the score 14-8. The Bulldogs answered with five-straight points before Honkala completed a tip-in to make it 19-10 with 5:24 to go in the first half. Hodell shrank the deficit even more as she completed a three-point play to make the score 19-13.
The Wildcats chipped away at their deficit early into the third quarter, with Schramek hitting a three to make it 31-26 with 6:44 to go in the quarter. FSU responded to pull ahead 48-36 with 30 seconds to go. Honkala ended the quarter sinking a free throw to make it 49-37 as the teams headed into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded baskets, with NMU able to pull within eight points but were unable to get closer, leading to the eventual 62-52 final.
NMU is now 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC while FSU moves to 8-8, 2-6 in the league. The Wildcats will continue their road trip next week as they visit Davenport University for more GLIAC action.